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Child on Life Support After Accidental Shooting

The medical diagnosis appears grim for a 2-year-old girl who was shot on the premises of an Ocoee, Florida, home recently, but her family is refusing to give up hope.

The toddler was hospitalized after she was accidentally shot in the head by a cousin. The 21-year-old cousin was in the other room when his gun accidentally went off, he says. The bullet from the gun traveled through the wall and struck the girl in the head. This sent the family into a panicked rush to get her to a hospital in order to seek medical treatment.

According to WESH TV’s website, doctors have apparently declared the young child brain dead and encouraged the victim’s family to give them clearance to remove her from the machines that are keeping her alive. The girl’s mother says she cannot bring herself to do that.

Meanwhile, the cousin was placed under arrest, but not because of the shooting itself. Following the shooting, there were some discrepancies regarding the man’s true identity and whether he is living in the country legally. Police placed him under arrest when he allegedly provided them with false information. The name on his driver’s license does not match up with the name he gave police.

Police believe that the cousin did not mean to fire the weapon or harm the child. But the incident shows how dangerous firearms in the home can be if they are not properly handled.

Despite the odds, the family continues to believe that the child still has a chance at making a recovery.

Source: WESH, “Family of toddler shot not ready to give up hope,” Dec. 28, 2011

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